The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…
Lady Margaret Cassidy left a life of nobility behind in Ireland, forsaking her grieving homeland to aid war-ravaged men in England. Still, she never expected a cruel turn of fate to lock her into an unwanted betrothal with one of her English patients—much less one as broken and dangerous as Viscount Powers.
Wrecked by his tragic past, Powers’ opiate-addled sanity hangs precariously in the balance, leaving him poised to destroy anyone who dares to utter the names of the wife and child he still so deeply mourns. So when he is forced to marry Margaret in exchange for freedom, he is shocked by the desire to earn her trust, her body, and—most alarming of all—her heart…
In Claremont's deeply passionate and intriguing third tale of "mad passions" set in 1866 (after Lady in Red), Lady Margaret Cassidy, a beautiful and insightful Irishwoman, meets her match. Margaret is desperate to reach Lord James Stanhope, Viscount Powers, and secure the funds and protection she needs to keep her hotheaded brother, Matthew, safe from the English authorities. Driven by necessity, Margaret reluctantly agrees to James's father's request that she marry opium-addicted James and nurse him back to health. As Margaret works her magic on James, she is drawn to his handsome, feral strength as well as to the emotional and compassionate man hiding behind a wall of grief over his daughter's death. James recognizes that beneath Margaret's pretty exterior lies a woman of great fortitude who remains in pain over her own terrible history. As circumstance and danger test their relationship, the marriage of convenience becomes much more. Fans will delight in the tangible chemistry between the leads and their harsh, realistic journey to redemption and love.